Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 13 hrs 20 mins
Series: Guild Hunter #9
Published by Berkley on November 1, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.
Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…
Nothing will ever be the same again.
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Archangel’s Heart was full of surprises. I felt it was more two stories in the one book. There was the mystery and danger of the Luminata and Lijuan as well as the information Elena is trying to find out. For the most part I felt they were two different stories.
Elena is getting really good at acting like the proper consort of an Archangel. Thanks to Jeffrey she has the wardrobe down, and at least some of the politics. I love that she is not only Raphael’s consort, but a great backup as well. She may not have full angel powers yet, but her life as a hunter has taught her many ways to watch, learn and defend. There is a lot to learn with the Luminata. Strangely, some of it has to do with her. This is where I think the two parts of the story come together. The Luminata are a mysterious group, and the possibilities of what they are up to are plenty.
We also find Elena on a mission to find out more about her history. She believes this is where her grandmother is from and she wants to find out whatever information she can. She ventures to the closest town with Aidon and comes across an interesting reception. That just inspires a new mystery for Elena to solve.
Archangel’s Heart starts about two years after the last book, Archangel’s Enigma, which I must say has been my favorite so far. All of the couples have settled into lives amongst Raphael’s world. It took a bit for me to get into Archangel’s Heart, as it seems to be showing us the other characters and their roles. Then we had the beginning of the trip to the Luminata and I thought the mystery started out slow. However, as I always find with the Guild Hunter series, we take off. So much information and excitement from everywhere. We barely see a scene that does not lead us into another exciting situation. Once I had an idea of where the story of the Luminata was going to join with Elena’s family life, I couldn’t stop listening. I couldn’t make the audio go fast enough. I think if I had of been on my kindle my eyes would have been dizzy from reading so fast. It is shocking and truly shakes Elena’s world. As always, Raphael is there to back her up when needed.
We still don’t know what has happened to Lijuan, and after all of the Luminata excitement a deal is struck. How that will work out remains to be seen, but I have a feeling it will help us find out just what is going on with Lijuan.
I truly love the audio of this series. Justine Eyre plays up the excitement as the heat builds and that just hits me with the adrenaline of the story.
Archangel’s Heart opens some doors on Elena’s story. I do kind of hope we get Aidon and Illiam’s stories soon. The anticipation for the next book is killing me!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Audiobook Challenge
- 2017 Review Writing Challenge